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13 OUT OF 19

November 14, 2005

● Ten out of 19 of the best-selling household floor cleaners made floors more slippery than they were
before cleaning, according to a National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), Southlake, TX study. “Most
of the products tested contained a strong fragrance; it was like putting perfume on the floor,”
insisted NFSI executive director Russell Kendzior. “Although they made the
room smell good, such fragrances are most likely the culprit behind the slippery
film.”
The study also found that the average product reduced the floor’s slip-resistance
(traction) by 10%. After a month’s worth of applications, 13 out of 19
products left a slippery residue, with an average decrease in slip-resistance
of 18%. Executives said more than 1 million people seek emergency room
treatment for accidental slip-and-falls each year and most of these take place in the home. Slipsand-
falls are the leading cause of accidental death for people over the age of 75 and are estimated
to cost society more than $60 billion annually, NFSI said. More info: www.nfsi.org.
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